The Chicago Bears have officially come to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos, per the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs.
Former Kansas City Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos didn’t take long to find a new permanent home after regaining his health following a lingering groin injury. Several weeks after being released from the Chiefs injured reserve list, Santos has officially signed on to kick for the Chicago Bears for the foreseeable future.
Interestingly enough, Santos will replace another former Chiefs kicker in Connor Barth, who kicked for Kansas City for 10 games during his rookie season nearly a decade ago. Barth flubbed the final kick that would have tied the game on Sunday for the Bears against the Detroit Lions, a wide right attempt that wasn’t even close. It was clear then that Barth’s already tenuous spot was likely up for grabs if the Bears could find anyone else.
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Santos was deemed expendable when his replacement, Harrison Butker, looked so good through the first few games of his career. Butker was originally a seventh round pick of the Carolina Panthers in this year’s draft after ending his career as the leading scorer in Georgia Tech’s history. However, the Panthers decided to enter the regular season with Graham Gano as their kicker and they stashed Butker on the practice squad. Brett Veach claimed him shortly after Santos reaggravated the groin injury that kept him out of much of the preseason as well.
Cairo Santos was 3 for 3 in limited action so far in 2017, and he’s coming off of a very successful 2016 season that was the most accurate in his short NFL career, where he converted 88.6 percent of his field goal attempts.